A ceramic sound installation by Ruben Olguin, “Songs of Our Fathers”, will be on display at the John Sommers Gallery At UNM From September 1-11. Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:15 – 4:45. The show is a two part installation with a sound capture area, and a listening area. On display are Pueblo inspired ceramics called, “Sound Pots”, which translate through them the sounds of their environment. Truly an experience to be had, the sonic environment created is medatative and calming, but relevant to the histories of the Pueblo people and the plight of modernization. The installation is inspired by the Artist’s own family histories and conflicting identity. The work translates the electronic world we live in today through hand processed earthen ware. It gives voices to our ancestors who sacrificed themselves to preserve their traditions, and sing their lost songs.

Ruben Olguin is an MFA Candidate in Electronic Arts at UNM College of Fine Arts. As an Undergrad, Olguin has studied computer animation and video art. He worked in television and film for 5 years. Before returning to school, Ruben started his video business, HDVArt, creating commercial productions and video art.

Olguin’s most recent work is from over a year of study in Pueblo history, and personal genealogy. He enjoys working most with his hands digging his own clay from the earth, and coil sculpting earthen ware using only hand processed techniques. Then he brings his work into the dirty lab activating the pottery using electronic materials. “I have a simple rule to my art practice, I spend as much time on the computer as I do in the desert.” Ruben’s work is torn in two worlds, the ancient traditions of the past, and the ever changing technologies of today.

Monday September 1st-Thursday September 11th
John Sommers Gallery, Art Bldg, 2nd floor
University of New Mexico
Gallery Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm

Image: Tewa Choir – Earth ware, piezo contact microphones, speakers. – 2014